Registry Locks, Containers without Docker, and how WhatsApp was Used to Hack the iPhone of the World’s Richest Man | Cloudanix Weekly Newsletter #6

Dev Tips, Tools, Culture

  • Want to clean up your timeline and remove some of the repetitive suggestions that you keep receiving on Twitter? Here’s a helpful list of terms that you can mute in your Twitter settings. 
  • Matt Eland shares his perspective on what it’s like to work with Microsoft’s .NET documentation project. It’s an excellent read for those of you who may be interested in working on an open-source project, but feel intimidated at the thought of working with another team’s code. 
  • Here’s a helpful tool that enables “front-end developers to develop and test an entire feature without touching a real API.” Mirage JS is an API mocking library that lets you build a production-ready JavaScript app without having to use any backend services.
  • Here’s how online scammers take advantage of inadequate security measures to steal online domains and how web site owners can prevent this using tools like a registry lock or DNS security extensions. 

Cloud Operations

  • Jeff Bezos’ personal iPhone was allegedly hacked by the Saudi Arabian government.  After conducting a complex investigation into the affair, here’s FTI Consulting’s report detailing the findings of their forensic analysis. Mild spoiler alert: you may want to check your Whatsapp settings and disable media auto-download.
  • On his blog, Signs of Triviality, Jan Schaumann, has shared a list of lessons that all of us learn after working in operations. Most of the lessons are humorous, some are profound, and all of them are open to interpretation. Enjoy! 
  • If you work in DevOps / Infrastructure-as-Code and are looking for a more convenient way to manage your project’s dependencies, then take a look at Zeitgeist. It aims to help you keep track of outdated dependencies and keep up to date with regular security updates. Zeitgeist currently “supports Github, AMIs, and Helm as upstreams for version checking.”
  • Here’s a tutorial that covers some of the ways that you can build containers without the need for Docker itself. 

From Popular Sources

  • After conducting a survey and receiving responses from over 1500 founders, MicroConf has shared the inaugural edition of their State of Independent SaaS report. The report covers basic findings like “what percentage of respondents have started a prior company” and shares key insights regarding companies’ pricing models, SaaS metrics, and more.
  • If you believe that running paid ads is your next logical growth step for customer acquisition, then you may want to read about what happened to the folks over at Uploadcare. After “wasting” $50,000 on Google Ads, Anton Elfimov has a few lessons that he’d like to share with you so that you can avoid making the same mistakes as he once did.
  • Here’s the story of how a marketing executive gave up on her life goals of climbing the corporate ladder and eventually becoming a stay at home mom, to adopting an entrepreneurial mindset and converting her hobby into a business. 
  • On a sadder note, Clayton Christensen has passed away at the age of 67. Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation made him a key influence on companies like Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Intel, and other Silicon Valley powerhouses.